• Go West, Old Kuroda

    Posted by on November 17th, 2012 · Comments (8)

    Via ESPN.com

    There might be a reason why the Los Angeles Angels have reportedly gotten involved in trying to sign free agent pitcher Hiroki Kuroda.

    Previously, teams have been under the impression that Kuroda would either re-sign with the New York Yankees or return to his native Japan to finish his career. But Kuroda has told friends that his first preference is to pitch in Southern California, where his two daughters are attending elementary school.

    That means the Dodgers and Angels could be the frontrunners to acquire the 37-year-old right-hander, who is coming off his finest season in the major leagues. Considering Kuroda spent his first four seasons in the United States with the Dodgers, they would have a presumptive edge.

    Largely due to financial constraints while they were in bankruptcy, the Dodgers did not make Kuroda a formal offer when he was a free agent last winter — though he was coming off a season with a 3.07 ERA and more than 200 innings pitched. He went to New York and went 16-11 with a 3.32 ERA.

    A source with knowledge of the Dodgers’ plans said Friday that Kuroda “seems to have many options.” Kuroda turned down the Yankees’ one-year qualifying offer of $13.3 million, so that salary would seem to be the starting point for negotiations. The Dodgers would forfeit a draft pick to New York in order to sign Kuroda.

    The fact he is reportedly seeking only a one-year deal would fit the Dodgers’ needs perfectly since, even if Chad Billingsley undergoes elbow surgery, he should be ready some time in 2014.

    Sing it Hiroki!

    Comments on Go West, Old Kuroda

    1. Corey
      November 17th, 2012 | 1:14 pm

      Hopefully this is just posturing on the part of Kuroda’s camp…I have no idea what plan B would be if he left.

    2. November 17th, 2012 | 7:50 pm

      Plan B: Sidney Ponson.

    3. LMJ229
      November 18th, 2012 | 1:09 am

      @ Steve L.:
      or Freddie Garcia ….
      or Bartolo Colon ….

    4. LMJ229
      November 18th, 2012 | 1:13 am

      Corey wrote:

      Hopefully this is just posturing on the part of Kuroda’s camp…I have no idea what plan B would be if he left.

      Neither does Brian Cashman. Every year we find ourselves in the same position with our starters – waiting and hoping.

    5. Raf
      November 18th, 2012 | 2:24 am

      LMJ229 wrote:

      @ Steve L.:
      or Freddie Garcia ….
      or Bartolo Colon ….

      Turned out quite well, IIRC.

    6. Raf
      November 18th, 2012 | 2:26 am

      Kuroda probably is posturing, but I doubt it; he wouldn’t be the first player to want to play closer to his family.

    7. Scout
      November 18th, 2012 | 10:41 am

      When you preside over a minor-league system that generates more hype than real starting pitching prospects and ownership pulls the plug on your bank account, you end up doing a lot of waiting and praying. I’m not sure whether we have advanced “Moneyball” stats for the latter.

    8. Corey
      November 20th, 2012 | 9:39 pm

      And now we know.

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